A conversation with Guru Madhavan, author of “Applied Minds – How Engineers Think” and a researcher at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC. Guru is a biomedical engineer and senior policy adviser at the NAS. Guru has been named one of the 'New Faces of Engineering' by USA Today and as a distinguished young scientist by the World Economic Forum. He is a mentee of the late president of MIT, Chuck Vest.
Engineers have the ability to visualize non-existent things doing what have never been done before.
In this podcast, you will hear discussions about:
- What is it about an engineering mind that sets them apart?
- What is modular systems thinking?
- The relationship between constraints and the engineer’s desire to produce creative outcomes.
- The ability of engineers to visualize things that have never existed doing things that have never been done.
- The ability of engineers to make tradeoffs – a useful life skill as well
- Why engineering is omnipresent but invisible to society
- The engineer’s innate willingness to learn from failure is a life skill
- The human dimensions that make engineering slow and challenging
Engineering is omnipresent yet invisible